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Crashes / Fires:
4 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,221 miles

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2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #25

Sep 102008

Monte Carlo

  • 80,862 miles


Instrument cluster panel gauges gone bad for my vehicle. The speedometer needle starts at a random point on the gauge and always reads incorrect. When traveling on highways, the needle may turn 180 - 360 degrees around the gauge, making it impossible to determine speed, makes using the cruise control option dangerous, and a higher risk of getting stopped for a speeding ticket. The tachometer gauge works 50% of the time but the other times the needle is in the "red zone" giving the driver a false sense of the transmission shifting. The temp gauge works 90%, but in cold weather it can stay about the halfway line also show a wrong reading of the engine overheating.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #24

Feb 012009

Monte Carlo

  • 120,000 miles
Failure of speedometer other instruments in the cluster appear to be functioning properly. Sometimes the speedometer will register properly and the next minute it will say 15 when the speed is actually 55 or above. There is no consistency to this problem as it will malfunction at any time. Using the cruise control appears to have no effect on the problem. I am amazed at all of the complaints registered here and there still has been no recall. GM can be reached at 800-222-1020 and a complaint can be filed with them also. I inquired about a recall and I was not asked if I wanted to file a complaint. I had to ask them if I could. Every call should count.

- Wallace, SC, USA

problem #23

Dec 142008

Monte Carlo

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the instrument cluster stopped working. The speedometer reads 100 mph when the contact is really driving 30 mph. The failure occurs daily. The dealer stated that the repair would cost $350-400. The failure mileage was 65,000 and current mileage was 69,000.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #22

Dec 202008

Monte Carlo

  • 65,000 miles


There was nothing wrong with my car until one night and they suddenly I look down and my speedometer says I'm going 110 when I'm only going 30. This happens every day. I will be driving for about 30 minutes and then my speedometer will be reading the wrong thing. My tachometer will be wrong as well. I went to the GM dealer and they said that to fix it would be 350 dollars. While I was there they said that the GM trucks had a recall for they instrument cluster and it is the same one that is in my Monte Carlo. This is a safety hazard towards anyone who has this type of model instrument cluster.

- Grand Island, NE, USA

problem #21

Dec 142007

Monte Carlo

  • 25,502 miles
I have had the car since 3/05 brand new off the show room floor, currently have about 38K miles on the vehicle -since I have owned the vehicle more than 20 times while driving all of the lights will come on the dashboard and the seatbelt light will chime --then the battery light will remain on for approx 15 to 20 minutes-have had the vehicle on for service numerous times and they have replaced module after module -cannot diagnose problem. On at least 5 occasions while driving at highway speeds of 50mph or more the vehicle will just turn off and everything will lock up. Vehicle will restart right away but there is no warning that the vehicle is about to stall or turn off --had in for service numerous times -have been assured that the problem is fixed and then it will happen all over again. This vehicle is a hazard to be on the road -as Chevrolet truly has no idea what is causing the problem, they believed the problem was due to the remote start in the vehicle -they replaced that numerous times and finally removed all together and the problem still exists. There is no telling when the car will shut off it will be fine for days and the problem will resurface. Last incident date was 3/27/09 -problem started in 2007.

- Bloomingdale, NJ, USA

problem #20

Mar 182009

Monte Carlo

  • 30,715 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the speedometer dial would begin at 80 mph and would not go back down to 0 mph. He took the vehicle to a dealer and was informed that the entire instrument panel needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired, but the contact has scheduled an appointment for the repair. He filed a complaint with the manufacturer but was informed that they could not assist. The current mileage was 30,765 and failure mileage was 30,715.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #19

Oct 252008

Monte Carlo

  • 60,000 miles


Speedometer does not work, it might read 35mph when your are going 55mph, or it might read 99mph when your going 55mph. Sometimes it stay at 35 mph when you stop, and starts from there.

- New Waterford, OH, USA

problem #18

Mar 012009

Monte Carlo

  • 42,000 miles
Instrument cluster failure, loss of speedometer and other gauges.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #17

Dec 252008

Monte Carlo

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the speedometer in the vehicle suddenly stopped working. The speedometer dial randomly moves up and down regardless of the speed. The speedometer has displayed 60 mph when the vehicle was at a stop sign, as well as 15 mph when the contact was really traveling at least 60 mph. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop and they stated that the instrument cluster panel was the cause of the failure. Currently, the dial remains at zero. The contact believes that the manufacturer should be responsible for this defect because she is unable to determine what speed she is traveling. The failure mileage was 70,000 and current mileage was 71,000.

- Freemont, WI, USA

problem #16

May 142008

Monte Carlo

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. While driving approximately 65 mph, the speedometer dial moved back and forth inadvertently. The contact continued to drive the vehicle for approximately one year and the failure continued intermittently. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 60,700 and failure mileage was 45,000.

- Colchester, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 212006

Monte Carlo

  • 38,567 miles


2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo gauge cluster is erratic and does not work properly I did receive a recall for my 2004 Chevy Silverado for the same problem but am not having any problems with that vehicle dealership told me they should have a recall on all 2004 models as they are all made at the same manufacturer.

- Plainwell, MI, USA

problem #14

Jan 022009

Monte Carlo

  • 32,000 miles
My oil pressure gage went out then my tachometer went out and now the speedometer went out.

- Debary, FL, USA

problem #13

Jun 052008

Monte Carlo

  • miles
The gas gauge along with other areas in my dash seem to have a short because it works on and off.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #12

Nov 012008

Monte Carlo

  • 52,000 miles
I have a 2004 Monte Carlo that has recently had issues with the instrument cluster. The speedometer is erratic, from observing a blog I noticed that this is not an uncommon issue. I am looking for some help with this repair as I understand that the instrument cluster can be rather expensive and since this does not appear to be a unique problem caused by me. I also understand that this repair needs to be made by a dealer, there are 2 local dealers which I have purchased from and would be happy to bring this problem to them, but I would have some issues with the cost of a new instrument panel not so much with the cost of labor. I would like to resolve this issue quickly before I start getting any speeding tickets I also believe this constitutes a safety risk since I can not accurately determine my speed.

- Franklin, MA, USA

problem #11

Dec 032008

Monte Carlo

  • 38,000 miles
Purchased '04 Monte Carlo ss August 2007 (23,713 miles). The instrument panel gauges began getting stuck, going completely around and simply do not work. Began at approx 38-39,000 miles. Paid over 1,600 for ext warranty and add'L 300 for 'fixing' the problem. Still broken and Chevy doesn't recall! also heated seats are getting scalding hot.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #10

May 202008

Monte Carlo

  • 41,759 miles
Instrument cluster gauges are not reading correctly. It started with the gas gauge and has now progressed to all gauges in error. Have talked to others and looked on the internet and discovered that this is a very common failure. I consider this a hazard since speed and engine condition cannot be determined. I have not taken it to the dealer yet.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #9

Aug 192008

Monte Carlo

  • 79,000 miles
I have a 2004 Monte Carlo ls and about 6 months ago the speedometer would not display the correct speed and now it doesn't work at all. I have dealt with it and paid an issued speeding ticket. Today the temperature gauge was reading hot. I immediately panicked and pulled over wondering why my car would be over heating after only 2 miles worth of driving. I sat for about 5 minutes before opening the hood. The vehicle was not hot and had coolant. When I got in to continue my drive I started the engine and the temperature gauge went all the way past hot to the 9 O'clock position where it is now stuck resting against the fuel gauge. Im now afraid of driving the vehicle specially if the next gauge goes too. The repair must be done at the dealership and they want 500-1500 dollars. I am a parent of 6 and do not have that money. I have noticed this is such a big issue with this car. I just wish I would have known about it before I bought it. I want to know why there is no recall on this dangerous problem with my vehicle.

- Hudson, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 162005

Monte Carlo

  • miles
My 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo dash board just stop working GM did nothing to fix this problem I am still driving without any dash board instruments and they wonder why americans buy Honda this is the last Chevy for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Grandview, MO, USA

problem #7

Sep 152008

Monte Carlo

  • 41,000 miles
Driving down the highway and temp gauge suddenly goes in circles and finally stops below the cold temp, less than where the needle usually is when you first start up the car. Does not go back to working, coolant sensor is ok, according to Chevy dealer, need whole new cluster instrument panel.

- Horatio, AR, USA

problem #6

Nov 042007

Monte Carlo

  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. The contact stated that the speedometer would go to 30 mph when the vehicle was turned off. When the vehicle was turned on, the speedometer would read 35 mph even though he was driving 65 mph. The failure has been occurring for a year and the vehicle was taken to the dealer. The contact stated that this was a safety issue because the vehicle travels at speeds that are not within regulation and could lead to speeding tickets and crashes. The current mileage was 39,000 and failure mileage was 33,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

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